Book Review: Tappe, O., & Rowedder, S. (Eds.). (2022). Extracting Development: Contested Resource Frontiers in Mainland Southeast Asia




Book review of Tappe & Rowedder's recent edited volume on frontiers in mainland Southeast Asia.

Author Biography

Michael Kleinod-Freudenberg, University of Cologne

Michael Kleinod-Freudenberg is academic coordinator at University of Cologne’s Global South Studies Center. His work focuses on the political ecology of Mainland Southeast Asia, particularly ecotourism and animism in Laos, as well as on socio-ecological theory and transformation studies.


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